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The term “natural wine” has no real legal definition. It’s more an idea and a philosophical approach to winemaking, so it’s not something that you’ll necessarily see on a wine label. It’s an ethos that says the earth and the vine deserve respect, and is a recognition that the winemaker has only a temporary assignment, where the earth is concerned.
Natural winemaking is as much about what you don’t do to a wine as what you do do to it. It’s a more bespoke approach, rather than one that tries to make wines that appeal to a broad commercial base.
The Billet Doux is a preservative free wine made with fruit from the Cairnmuir Vineyard. Each year a small parcel of Pinot Noir is identified as appropriate for producing this wine.Made in tiny quantities, it is hand bottled with a cork closure.
The Death of Von Tempsky
The Death of Von Tempsky ( at Te Ngutu o Te Manu ) is a natural wine made with white grapes grown on the Cairnmuir Vineyard. It's name comes from a lithograph - the work of New Zealand printmaker Marion McGuire. It is preservative free.
Pot de Fleur
Unfined, unfiltered, organic, wild ferment, preservative free, goodness in a bottle. The Pot de Fleur is an exploration of using whole clusters in the ferment. Hand-picked from our Cairnmuir Vineyard, this Pinot Noir is aged for 11 months in old oak barrels and is bottled on site by hand.